Mary McChesney a retired professor has donated one million dollars to be used for a device that is used to show people at the planetarium how the rotation of the Earth works. This new star room is going to be located at Orange Coast College where Mary McChesney was an instructor.
This device is known as a Foucault pendulum and it will be the only one in the area of Orange County. It appears as if McChesney’s goal is simple, to make this a scientific study center not just for students of the college, but, for the surrounding community as well.
Mary McChesney made the donation in honor of her late life partner, Adelyn Bonin who passed away in January. In a comment McChesney who is 91 years young said, that she has grown old, but has a love for the college that is, as she put it, very much alive. Her partner, Bonin left her money to Mary who is happy to make the donation in her memory.
McChesney is quoted as saying: “I like to think she sees what we’re doing and she approves.” and “I know Lyn would be happy to do this, this is half hers.” Lyn was a professor at Orange Coast College and taught German until 1983 when she retired.
If you don’t already know about OCC, they are a community college in Orange County California. Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 and provides two year associate of the art and science degrees and many other programs, many of which are transferable to other universities and colleges. Around 24,000 students enroll at OCC. As the third largest college in Ocean County, they see their fair share of students.
Student life at Orange College is awesome on so many levels. They have sports teams that are very competitive and their Associated Student Body is very hands on and involved.
There is no housing on-campus, however, students find housing in many parts of Costa Mesa. In January of 2008 the college a new library was opened and some remodeling was done in the Lewis Science Building. The college added a Starbucks which seems to be a hit with the students.
To date it is the only local community college in the area to have a Starbucks. Beside the new coffee shop, there are many reasons with Orange Coast College is a big hit with students and the new planetarium is sure to add to the draw.
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